Schalke’s Neuer heading to Bayern

Bayern Munich executives on Monday gave the strongest hints yet that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will soon be moving from Schalke 04 to the Bundesliga giants.

Schalke's Neuer heading to Bayern
Photo: AFP

“There is a clear tendency,” Bayern’s director of sport Christian Nerlinger told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily. “Now it’s just a question of how quickly we can find a solution.”

Club president Uli Hoeneß meanwhile was reported by several newspapers as having difficulty hiding his optimism that the 25-year-old Neuer will soon be in a Bayern uniform.

“I know what his decision is. We will have to see what happens,” he said.

Neuer has said on Saturday he has decided where his future lies – but refused to say where.

“A decision has been taken. People who need to know, know. So everything is cleared up,” he said.

His contract at Schalke runs until 2012 and unless he signs an extension the Royal Blues will need to sell him soon or risk losing him on a free transfer in a year’s time.

Bayern have struggled to find a suitable replacement since ex-Germany captain Oliver Kahn retired in 2008 and the Munich giants are reported to be ready to pay €20 million ($28.8 million) for Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper.

German daily Bild claimed last week Schalke are set to offer Neuer a bumper contract worth €21 million over the next three years, but the club has since denied that.

Neuer has also been linked to Premier League giants Manchester United with Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar retiring at the end of the season.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.